Sinai worship: “altered state of awareness”

Moses and Israelites high on Mount Sinai trip
Mount Sinai

[T]here were thunders and lightnings and a thick cloud on the mountain and a very loud trumpet blast, so that all the people in the camp trembled… The smoke of it went up like the smoke of a kiln, and the whole mountain trembled greatly (Exodus 19:16-18).

According to Benny Shanon, a Jewish psychology professor, Moses and the Israelites were actually high on an “altered state of awareness” when they worshiped – and saw and heard these things – at Mount Sinai. He also theorizes that Moses was on a psychedelic trip when he saw the burning bush in Exodus 3:2. These mind-altering effects, Shanon concludes, were triggered by two plants in the Sinai desert – one of which is the acacia tree that was used in the Ark of the Covenant (Exodus 25:10, 13) – which contain the same ingredients as those found in Amazonian plants used in the powerful hallucinogenic brew ayahuasca.

“In advanced forms of ayahuasca inebriation, the seeing of light is accompanied by profound religious and spiritual feelings.” says Shanon.

New agers, transcendentals, contemplatives, and other “Christian” mystics must be pleased.

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